Thurston Climate Action Team’s (TCAT) mission is to partner with our community to restore earth’s climate and create a healthy, just, and joyous world for all people and our planet

Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) has been awarded an Environmental Justice Small Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the amount of $75,000.

Thurston County has been one of the fastest-growing counties in Washington State since the 1960s, consistently exceeding the state’s overall rate of growth, and the racial and ethnic makeup of Thurston County continues to become more diverse. For 2015-2019, 82% of Thurston County residents classified themselves as “white alone”, and Lacey continues to be the most diverse of Thurston County’s cities and towns, with only 71% identifying as white alone. The Hispanic and Latino population in Thurston County, which may include persons of any race, is also increasing, growing from 5% in 2000 to 10% for 2015-2019.

Environmental Justice is defined as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.”

According to TCAT Executive Director Melinda Hughes, “Climate change affects everyone, but the effects are generally felt by the most vulnerable populations even greater. This includes the elderly or those with medical conditions, and communities of low-income or black, indigenous, or people of color communities. Thurston County is exceptionally susceptible as we lie at the base of the Puget Sound where pollution travels to via downwind and downstream avenues, putting us at even greater environmental hazard risk than those in King and Pierce Counties.”

Hughes continued, “This grant will allow us to work closer with our BIPOC neighbors, helping them to better prepare their homes for effects related to climate change whether it be from wildfire smoke or other air pollutants. We also plan to help with water and electric conservation.”

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Our work does not end with passing the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). We must ensure that local governments and our communities take the steps needed to bring down our carbon pollution. You can be part of the action by joining one of our Climate Action Groups. Click on the images below to learn more about each Action Group and how to get in contact with our group leads.

By acting locally and thinking globally, we are making climate action history.  Please join us!

We acknowledge that Thurston County's land and water is the traditional territory of the Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin (S'Homamish, Stehchass, T'Peeksin, Squi-aitl, and Sa-heh-wamish) and the Chehalis People.

The surrounding mountains, valleys, shorelines and waterways are imbued with their presence.

We seek to nurture our relationship with our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to this place — their homelands — where we mutually abide

You can learn more about the Indigenous territories you occupy by visiting